CAREERBRIDGE MEDICAL OUTREACH REPORT, AUGUST 2018
AN EXTENSIVE GRASSROOT MEDICAL PROGRAM CARRIED OUT AT OKITIPUPA LOCAL GOVT AREA OF ONDO STATE, NIGERIA
The second Careerbridge’s annual medical outreach begins with the registration of beneficiaries using data mobile application. The registration process was from July 1 – 31 at various towns and villages in Okitipupa local government, Ondo State, Nigeria to help the team estimate the number of patients and likely health issues. We had a total of 2000 people registered and stored in the Careerbridge database protected by the data policy. The data mobile application focused on individuals’ medical records including family history and present medical conditions. For an effective and productive outcome for the 2018 outreach program, we drawn members from major specializations and stakeholders in the health sector, and set up an interactive group to brainstorm, plan, and strategize using the registration data to map out the medical intervention.
Careerbridge medical team comprises of tested medical consultants including surgeon and ophthalmologist, general medical doctors, nurses of various specializations and cadres, which include accident and emergency nurses, intensive care nurses, and theatre nurses. We also had a good number of pharmacists, physiotherapist, protocol and administrative officers. Careerbridge adopt a dress code, which include surgical dress, customized lab coat and t-shirts for identification and uniformity purpose.
The outreach starts August 13th and ends 18th at three designated centers, namely; IGBOTAKO General Hospital, ILUTITUN Comprehensive Health Center, and ODE-AYE Comprehensive Health Center. We had a total number of 2,815 of people benefited from various towns and villages around the Okitipupa Local Govt, which was more than the number of registered beneficiaries captured in our database. The outreach activities were divided into four segments, this include:
Herniorrhaphy surgery (theatre room), Cataract extraction (theatre room), Screening, consultation section, and Physical therapy section.
Each of the section has good numbers of designated medical team. Careerbridge provides all the needed medical supplies and variety of drugs/medications. The drugs were given out as prescribed by certified pharmacists.
Careerbridge 2018 Accomplishments
The program was declared open by Otunba (Dr) Gani Adams represented by Senator (Prof.) Stephen Akintoye, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Careerbridge Foundation.
The breakdown of the medical outreach activities:
Cataract Surgery: The ophthalmologist – Dr. Tayo Ibrahim, who led the cataract extraction medical team recorded 50 successful surgical procedures that includes provision of eyes drop and medications to the beneficiaries/patients.
Hernia Surgery: The Herniorrhaphy extraction section led by Dr. Akinde, also recorded 20 successful surgeries that includes male, female and children.
Screening Procedure: Careerbridge surgical team carried out series of tests, comprises of blood sugar and vital signs. Only the 70 patients who passed these procedures were booked for the surgery.
The physiotherapists hold three sections of range of motion education exercise. They carried out massage therapy for 390 patients/beneficiaries with musculoskeletal disorders including joint pains, arthritis, stiff joint, swelling, and administered medications.
The Screening and consultation section comprised of doctors, nurses and pharmacists. The series of tests carried out by this section includes, pregnancy test, blood sugar level, malaria, and vital signs. This was the busiest section of the program. The report shows that 40 patients were given bed rest due to abnormal and high blood pressures, 20 patients were referred for further investigation at the government teaching hospitals. The 2,315 patients screened for different ailments were given medications/drugs as prescribed by the physicians/doctors. Gifts of tooth brushes and pastes, and automated blood pressure device were distributed to the patients.
In summary, we had altogether 2,815 patients who benefited from the 2018 medical outreach. The commonest surgical conditions seen during the program includes cataract and hernia (inguinal, inguinoscrotal, umbilical and femoral in their order of frequency).
The commonest medical conditions are as follows:
Rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, peptic ulcer diseases,
pelvic inflammatory diseases, glaucoma, malnutrition, typhoid, malaria, cataract, pneumonia, and diarrhea. At the end of the program, a meeting was held with each of the section represented during the program to appraise performance as to improve in the subsequent programs. The postoperative management care to be managed by one of our doctors and a nurse at the general hospital, IGBOTAKO. It was also proposed by the medical team that Careerbridge should setup a clinic with the focus of managing diabetes and hypertension in the area. This was proposed due to the prevailing high rate of patients in these categories. In addition to this, a medical lab is to be jointly opened for blood screening or test.
On behalf of Careerbridge Foundation, we sincerely want to thank the Ondo State Ministry of Health, Nigeria for the collaboration. Our appreciation also goes to our donors, volunteers, partners in the United States for their kind support to make 2018 Careerbridge medical outreach a success. These includes, Vitamin Angels, Henry Schein Cares, Americares, Partners for World Health, Map Internationals, Success Rehabilitation and Supplies Overseas.
Please, kindly browse Careerbridge website www.careerbridgeafrica.org for more details about the outreach and the upcoming events.